Hungary Steps up Cooperation with Azerbaijan
Photo by Vivien Cher Benko/MTI
Hungary's cooperation with Azerbaijan has been "raised a notch" to the level of "priority strategic partnership", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday, after a meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.
In a joint statement, Orbán said demand for energy diversification has raised Azerbaijan's profile, and he welcomed the country's commitment to improving Europe's energy security.
He said the sides signed one agreement doubling the volume of gas arriving in Europe from Azerbaijan by 2027 and another on the delivery of electricity from Azerbaijan to Europe. He added that Hungary would be a transit country for both gas and electricity.
Orbán argued that energy cooperation between Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia is now not just a regional matter but an issue impacting all of Europe, because of their roles as transit countries for energy bound for the rest of Europe, adding that the European Commission needs to provide "appropriate" support for the necessary projects.
Aliyev said Azerbaijan has enough energy to be a dependable supplier to Europe for the next 100 years.
The Azeri President noted that the longtime friendly cooperation between Hungary and Azerbaijan has mutual benefits, for Europe, too, and pointed to the importance of their enhanced bilateral cooperation. In addition to the area of energy, ties between the two countries are "outstanding" in education and transport, he added.
Aliyev also invited Orbán to visit Azerbaijan.
Bilateral agreements were also signed on Monday on cooperation in farming, space research, and managing migration.
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